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Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of 'The Wheel of Time' (Wheel of Time, 10) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2020
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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, whom he is fated to marry, Mat Cauthon learns that he can neither keep her nor let her go, not in safety for either of them, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in deadly pursuit.
Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? For his love of Faile, Perrin is willing to sell his soul.
At Tar Valon, Egwene al'Vere, the young Amyrlin of the rebel Aes Sedai, lays siege to the heart of Aes Sedai power, but she must win quickly, with as little bloodshed as possible, for unless the Aes Sedai are reunited, only the male Asha'man will remain to defend the world against the Dark One, and nothing can hold the Asha'man themselves back from total power except the Aes Sedai and a unified White Tower.
In Andor, Elayne Trakland fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies and Darkfriends surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it.
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One's taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Yet nothing has, for only men who can channel believe that saidin is clean again, and a man who can channel is still hated and feared-even one prophesied to save the world. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.
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“His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre.” ―George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
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“Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of fantasy writers.” ―Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows
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“I owe Robert Jordan so much. Without him, modern fantasy would be bereft of the expansive, deep worlds and the giant casts which I love so dearly. It's not often I can look at another author and say: that person paved my way. But such is exactly the case with Jordan.” ―Jenn Lyons, author of The Ruin of Kings
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“Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga. It is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“Hard to put down for even a moment. A fittingly epic conclusion to a fantasy series that many consider one of the best of all time.” ―San Francisco Book Review
“The most ambitious American fantasy saga [may] also be the finest. Rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―Booklist
“Recalls the work of Tolkien.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This richly detailed fantasy presents fully realized, complex adventure. Recommended.” ―Library Journal
“Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.” ―The New York Times
“Jordan is able to take ... familiar elements and make them his own, in a powerful novel of wide and complex scope. Open religious and political conflicts add a gritty realism, while the cities and courts provide plenty of drama and splendor. Women have a stronger role than in Tolkien.... Each character in this large cast remains distinct.... Their adventures are varied, and exciting.... The Eye of the World stands alone as a fantasy epic.” ―Locus
“Robert Jordan has created a fantasy world as tangible and credible as history. He has a fine eye for detail and a vivid sense of drama.” ―Morgan Llewelyn
“Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World proves that there's still plenty of life in the ancient tradition of epic fantasy. Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil-- but what strikes me as most pleasurable about The Eye of the World is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world.” ―Orson Scott Card
“Jordan's world is rich in detail and his plot is rich in incident. Impressive work, and highly recommended.” ―ALA Booklist
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- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; Media tie-in edition (April 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250252539
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250252531
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.22 x 1.51 x 7.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
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Older fantasy fans may appreciate the humor more than younger ones as I realized when I read a review by a younger reader. I was born the same year as the author and found his humorous observations very funny. His younger reader didn't. Or perhaps didn't recognize that it was even supposed to be funny...a spoof on men and women of that generation. Our society has changed so much it seems to have no relation to that of my youth. Not surprising to find that it might be harder to appreciate for younger readers.
, so you can have a story to read for a while.
But do note, that what does fill these pages is still worth reading. On your first time around at least. Jordan spends the beginning portion catching us up with characters while the events at the end of book nine happen concurrently. Rand is hardly seen in this one, though the snippets we do get were tantalizing, especially considering he is my favorite character, I think. We get a decent look at Perrin, Mat, Elayne, and Egwene. As well as Jordan's trademark extra-long prologue which fills us in on pieces of the world outside of our main POVs (which I rather like). So we're not without characters we love, it's just that we're still in set up mode. We're still building. Though many, many readers say that changes with the next installment. We will see. In any case, the time we do get to spend with our characters serves for some decent development in each of them. At least in Perrin, Mat, and Egwene. So I am looking forward to what comes next with them. I'm also looking forward to a proper look at Rand after the aftermath of what happened in book nine. I assume we will get more time with him in book eleven.
And at the end of the day, it's the Wheel of Time. I somehow always seem to forget, after some time away, just how successfully Robert Jordan brings his world to life through sheer power of description and storytelling. So even when the plot stagnates, we are still swept away.
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Just 5 minutes ago, I made myself read a whole 4 pages of text dedicated exclusively to the seating order of the sitters of the hall.
Jordan seems to have switched his style. In earlier books he was progressing the plot at an acceptable rate. Things were happening fast, but and the level of detail was good; not too much, not too little. Things have changed. I shall explain:
Jordan has written entire pages going into extremely rich detail about minor characters nobody cares about nor is likely to remember 5 minutes later. It's just pointless. And the level of detail he goes into is SO high that you just get bored after you've read an entire 2 pages describing the interior of a single room or the appearance of a character that won't be mentioned ever again. I mean, why should I care what personality type some random Aes Sedai has when she plays no significant role aside from filling some pages for the sake of filling them?
I think this is possibly the most boring book in the entire series. It could be compressed into a few chapters and still deliver the same message! It's like Jordan felt he needed to rationalise every single thought and idea that went through a character's head.
It's just boring.
It can have two stars because I find the book is a good medicine for going to sleep. I normally have trouble getting to sleep, but this book is so boring that by reading it I can put myself out in less than 15 minutes.
What lets this book down is endless, pointless descriptions of what the characters are wearing, what the room looks like, and we even get somewhat detailed descriptions of the personalities of what are clearly minor characters. Egwene's chapters are incredibly dull and frankly boring.
I get what Robert Jordan was doing, and he does a brilliant job of describing the location and characters in each chapter so you can picture it all in your head. Furthermore, his habit of 'reintroducing' near on every relatively important character is actually quite helpful as 10 books, 100s of characters and 1000s of pages into the series, it is easy to get some mixed up or forget who they are.
But way too often it's just too much, and some basic descriptions would get the job done. I honestly would rather have some more action and intrigue than the endless descriptions.
Even the very last chapter is incredibly boring. Unlike the previous books, this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing exciting or explosive. The most interesting plot development is when Perrin comes across a haunted(?) village. It could have been the saving grace of this book, but instead it's left open and vague and I can only hope it gets more attention in the next book.
I feel like even 3/5 is generous but this series does have me engaged enough to finish off the last 4 books and learn where the story ends.
There is very little progress on any of the main (or minor) treads of the story and I find myself wondering what was the actual point of this book, and if I'd skipped straight from Winter's Heart (book 9) to Knife of Dreams (book 11) would I really have missed anything significant? I don't actually think I would have.
I would say that Robert Jordon is a very good writer and if this book had been written by a lesser man it probably would have struggled to the bang average 3 stars I rated it. One thing that does irk me a bit about Jordon's style is the chapter after chapter after chapter from the same character view point, especially when it is a not particularly exciting character (Egwene, Elaine, Nyneave, you know the ones!). I much prefer a new character view point with each new chapter, so I'm really hoping Brandon Sanderson changes this with The Gathering Storm (book 12) and the final 2 books in the series.
Love the entire WoT series though. I've invested a lot of time in the series I'm getting excited now I'm just about onto the last 4 books and a conclusion to this monster epic is in sight, but I'll also be a bit sad when it's done. I doubt the next series I move onto will be as grand or epic! I mean, WoT make Lord the Rings look small!
AND it is genuinely pretty remarkable how little happens in this book. None of the plots which were underway in the previous book move on particularly dramatically. There is probably most progress with Egwene, with quite a lot of coverage for Perrin and Matt, but generally, looking back, it's pretty amazing how little happened in such a long book. And Rand is barely in the book.
AND I actually really enjoyed it. Maybe not as much as some of the others - there were a couple of bits where I skim read, which is unusual for me - but it was Jordan's usual really readable style where I wanted to turn the pages, and it helped me switch off at the end of the day and move into another world.
The truth is, if you're not the patient type, I think you could skip this one - genuinely that little happens in it. If you do, all you will miss is a few hints about future plot twists, but there have been so many in Wheel of Time that by Book 9 we've probably all forgotten more than exist in Book 10, so it's ok. But for me it isn't nearly as bad as people say, and if you're loving Wheel of Time read it and enjoy more Jordan!